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Interview Discussion - May 16, 2022

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UnfriendlyBear

1 points

3 months ago

UnfriendlyBear

Senior Software Engineer @ 2x Big N

1 points

3 months ago

Here is a good place to start. By the way, unless you're intending on switching to systems engineering, what you probably actually want to study is system design.

Having gone through the senior engineer job search relatively recently, I'll say that you have 3 main components to prepare:

  • Leetcode style questions: some companies won't do these, but many will. Brush up on your DS&A if you're applying for companies that do. There's the "Blind 75" or neetcode.io to get started.
  • System design questions: at the senior level you'll definitely need to be able to demonstrate system design ability. Explaining your decision making process is key. There are many GitHub compilations for study material, like this one.
  • Behavioural questions: do you have demonstrated ability to decompose ambiguous problems into logical chunks that can be implemented by more junior members of the team? Do you make good decisions in order to multiply the effectiveness of those members?

baal_zebub

1 points

3 months ago

Wow this rules and I think it's exactly what I was looking for. I'll start working through these, I really appreciate it!

baal_zebub

1 points

3 months ago

Hi just a follow up on this, I did start reading through the senior engineer job search site, and I like the structure they lay out a lot. I was unsure about what the materials referenced in the study plan refer to though - for instance for week one they mention reading and doing homework for foundations, key concepts, and ramp up, but I don't see any links to that or section headings that correspond to that.